Italy is the first country in the European Union to have surpassed 1 million vaccinations, with a total of nearly 2% of its population having now received the vaccine. The destination currently ranks 6th in the world for the number of vaccinations and 2nd in Europe.
Italy began rolling out phase one of its vaccination programme on 27th December and has already vaccinated all National Health Staff. As part of phase one, Italy is hoping to have all over 80s, and care home residents vaccinated by the end of January, bringing the total number of vaccinated persons to 2 million.
As part of phase two of the vaccination programme, which will be rolled out from February to June, Italy is aiming to vaccinate a further 21 million people, including those with underlying health conditions, teachers, and over 60s. Phase three will offer vaccinations to all essential service workers, and phase four will see the rest of the population hopefully vaccinated by the end of December 2021.
Salvatore Basile, ENIT Manager for Canada said: “We are pleased to have hit one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, just 20 days after the nationwide vaccination programme was launched. With our plans in place, we will see the second phase of vaccinations being rolled out next month with the hope to see a significant impact later in the year. We are taking every measure possible to ensure Italy is a safe destination to travel to. With the continuation of the vaccine roll out, we hope to establish consumer confidence in visiting Italy once again when it is safe to do so. It is certainly a positive milestone for the destination and is seen as a step forward in our recovery for the travel industry.”
With an abundance of rural towns to explore, art cities and a host of anniversaries and celebrations planned for this year, Italy makes for the ideal destination to visit when it is safe to do so.